Moore Celebrates His 22nd Birthday with a Victory Ryan Moore did have his hopes set on qualifying his No. 74 Chevrolet on the pole, and beating his father's record of 19.672 seconds, 91.491 miles per hour, set on June 2, 2001. Unfortunately...
Moore Celebrates His 22nd Birthday with a Victory
Ryan Moore did have his hopes set on qualifying his No. 74 Chevrolet on the pole, and beating his father's record of 19.672 seconds, 91.491 miles per hour, set on June 2, 2001. Unfortunately luck of the draw put Moore first out on the track for qualifying, where he ran a lap time of 20.320 seconds. This would put him 8th on the starting grid for the TSI Harley-Davidson 150.
As the field took the green at 8:15 pm, trouble occurred with the leaders. Several cars got jumbled together, but Moore held his own and moved up to 4th for the restart. The field went green again for 35 laps where Moore rode around, feeling out the track, knowing adjustments needed to be made. The Moore Racing Team took advantage of a caution on lap 66 to make a pit stop, changing right side tires and making major adjustments. "We were one of the only leaders that chose to pit," said Moore, "but looking back know it was the best decision we could have made."
Moore came out of the pits in the 10th spot, and ten laps later he moved into 6th. His adjustments were working tremendously and he set his sights on the leader. Moore moved into 2nd on lap 82, but soon after a bad accident lead to a red flag on lap 84.
Moore rode in second behind Ted Christopher, looking for a way to get around. A restart on lap 123 was the key, with Moore lined up on the outside of Christopher the crowd went wild and Moore took the lead.
A late caution on lap 130 took some time to clean up and the field did not go green until lap 137. Moore's new rubber and successful adjustments were the result in his second career victory. An unusual Wednesday night event was very rewarding for the Moore Racing Team. Although difficult to wake up for work on Thursday morning, the entire team did so with a smile.
Ryan would like to thank R.C. Moore Transportation, Bill Dodge Autogroup, GetEtched.com, and Dale Earnhardt Inc. for all of their continued support. Without all the help of his sponsors and family this win would not have been possible. The Moore Racing Team will travel to Radford, Virginia on August 20th for the Star Country/Dominic's of New York 150.